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Sarah Diodato

Toys R’ Us Christmas in July

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Retailers are trying something new to make up for slumping sales. In an insert in yesterday’s paper, I noticed Toys R’ Us is having a Christmas in July sale all this week. If your kid is into Hannah Montana, the Hannah Montana Malibu Beach House, with doll included (how often does that happen?) [...]

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SanDisk flash drives for $12 at Walmart

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I always find back-to-school sales in July depressing. This one, I guess, isn’t as bad because it’s directed toward college students who do start earlier, but come on! July 4th was last Saturday! Anyway, Walmart is advertising some college essentials on sale from July 12 – July 18, including 4GB SanDisk flash [...] [Read More]

Save 40% at Jo-Ann

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It occurred to me this morning that I didn’t blog at all yesterday. I’m a little behind on this one, but it’s good until this Saturday, July 11. Use coupon code NER192 online to get 40% off any one regular-priced item at Jo-Ann. [Read More]

A commercial that will make you sick

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Apparently Microsoft thought it was a good idea, though they have since pulled the online-only ad. Not sure why they think it would make you upgrade to Internet Explorer 8. Read more about it (and if you want, view the video) from the Wall Street Journal Digits blog. [Read More]
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Bad summer for retailers = Good summer for you?

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According to a story in today’s Times Union, stores are already slashing prices on their summer merchandise to make room for fall. While this is not a great sign for the economy, it does mean this is a good time to look for bargains. Read more about falling retail prices. I’ll try [...] [Read More]
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The passing of Billy Mays

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If you haven’t already heard this, Billy Mays, widely known for his booming voice while appearing in television commercials pitching everything from Oxiclean to Mighty Putty, passed away yesterday.
I noticed that the As Seen on TV Web site has a list of his most popular commercials. My daughter has repeatedly told me that I [...] [Read More]
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